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The Community Spotlight 2022.08.13

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host as we look back at the best community-created works from the previous week. Hopefully everyone enjoyed EVO 2022 last weekend as many of you even took the time to drop by the Giant Bomb chat while the event was running. For future reference, if you or a community feel like a major gaming conference or event warrants keeping the chat open for the special occasion, please reach out to Rorie on Twitter or Discord. While there's no guarantee that the request will be accepted, those are the channels to get your voice heard in the first place.

When it comes to the new t-shirts, we have a few updates. As was the case last week, the site's store managers are working to address production issues. As part of these production checks, the new shirt designs will be temporarily unavailable until the print centers pass a quality check. If you wish to learn more about the problem, here's a link to Rorie's on-site post about the issue. Also, don't forget to send an email to support@giantbomb.com if the shirts you ordered come back and do not match what was advertised.

Some of you have sent emails to support about receiving an email with the subject line "Welcome To Giant Bomb." This email is NOT FAKE, and instead, part of a final check by Rorie to set up the weekly newsletter feature. While there's no official ETA on when to expect a return of the weekly newsletter, progress is being made.

Finally, for those that noticed the forum comment box was not working on Firefox, the issue should be fixed now! If you are still experiencing issues commenting while using Firefox, drop a comment in the thread linked in the previous sentence! Oh, and Jan wants you all to know that you are the BEST community on the internet!

Tweets

Galleria

Giant Bomb Logo Crochet (By: @BecauseEdmund)

Many thanks to Baylee Elizabeth on Twitter for making a crochet version of the Giant Bomb logo! Also, she posted a handful of pictures showcasing a properly printed version of the cat yarn shirt design.

Giant Bomb "Shirt" x The Mortuary Assistant (By: @jearum)

A lot of people have been enjoying Jan and Jess' videos for The Mortuary Assistant and Jearum is no different. That's why they decided to play around with their favorite moment from the first quick look the two did for the game.

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Fun With crAIyon - AI Based Images - Game Edition (By: various)

THE HITS KEEP COMING! The community is continuing to use crAIyon by combining random video game characters and IPs with a variety of non-gaming words. As you can see below, the current trend is making Metal album covers! Join the fun by clicking the link above!

Activities

The GB Album Club 001- "Sounds Of Tokyo-To Future" (By: @facelessvixen)

It's about to get FUNKY on Giant Bomb!
It's about to get FUNKY on Giant Bomb!

A while back you may recall there being movement about starting a community-led "Album Club!" Well, the first album is 2 Mello's Sounds Of Tokyo-To Future! Join the discussion now!

Telling Lies Is The 15th Selection Of The UUGPGS. Completion Date 8/22/22. Mark All Spoilers! +

Unsanctioned Unofficial Game Pass Game Club FAQ and Game Suggestion Thread (By: @bigsocrates)

The next pick for the Community Game Pass Game Club is for Telling Lies! If you have any early NON-SPOILER impressions or thoughts about the game, feel free to share them using the first link! Likewise, the Game Pass Game Club is looking for suggestions for future sessions! If there are any recent Game Pass library additions you want to see played and tackled, please drop a comment in the following thread!

Blogs

Yes, You Should Watch Odd Taxi (By: @purpleshyguy)

More anime on Giant Bomb is not a problem if you ask me.
More anime on Giant Bomb is not a problem if you ask me.

PurpleShyGuy joins the rest of the staff in talking about anime on the site, but with their latest blog they decided to pen a ringing endorsement of the critically acclaimed Odd Taxi. Read why they consider it a breath of fresh air!

Digimon Survive Is Kind Of A Bummer (Spoiler Warning) (By: @zombiepie)

Inspired by comments Jan has made about the game on the Bombcast, moderator ZombiePie has decided to publish a blog review for Digimon Survive and articulates why they found it to be a mild disappointment, even as a fan for the franchise.

All PS1 Games In Order: Part 003 (By: @borgmaster)

What year is it that we still see stuff like this?
What year is it that we still see stuff like this?

borgmaster continues their retrospective on every game to release on the PS, but in chronological order, with a look at NBA Jam Tournament Edition, Power Serve 3D Tennis, and The Raiden Project!

Indie Game of the Week 282: The Lion's Song (By: @mento)

A new week means that Mento is back with a new blog that looks at an indie game. This time, they blogged about The Lion's Song, a story-heavy point and click adventure game. If you are in the mood for a good adventure game, then give their latest blog a read!

Discussion Threads

Why Did WB Make MultiVersus Freemium? Thoughts About The Micro-Transactions? (By: @armoredmachine)

Anyone put money into Multiversus?
Anyone put money into Multiversus?

For those of you that have been playing MultiVersus, what have your experiences been with how the game presents its micro-transactions? Has the "Freemium" model caused any of you to drop the game?

Burnout Meets Trackmania (By: @gtxforza)

Wreckreation is being pitched as "Burnout meets Trackmania!" What are your thoughts about the game's debut trailer? Do you trust the creators of Dangerous Driving to make an open-world driving game?

For A 1st Fighting Game What Do You Consider The Minimum Roster Amount To Be Fun For Enjoyment? (By: @topcyclist)

Is this the closest thing we will get to a new Burnout for a while?
Is this the closest thing we will get to a new Burnout for a while?

Some would say we are all suffering from an EVO-based hangover, but here's a topic for the Giant Bomb FGC. In your opinion, what's the smallest a new fighting game's roster can be before it starts to impact your enjoyment of the game? What's the small roster to a fighting game you have liked?

Is Dan Real? [Poll & Discussion Thread] (By: @axl159)

Way to go Dan, you did it! Despite this being Dan's second go on Giant Bomb, he's already got people on the site questioning what's kayfabe and what's a work. I thought we went through this song and dance last time?

Overwatch Will Stop Selling Loot Boxes This Month (By: @pauljeremiah)

Is this REALLY Tekken 8? Join the conversation.
Is this REALLY Tekken 8? Join the conversation.

In moves that surprised some, but not all, Overwatch 2 will launch in early access as a free-to-play title and Overwatch 1 will stop selling loot boxes this month! Where do YOU stand in the Loot Box vs. Battle Pass debate?

Is The EVO 2022 Teaser Actually Tekken 8? (By: @reverendhunt)

So, Tekken 8 got announced! Or, did it? What do you make of the teaser Bandai Namco showed at EVO 2022? Are you convinced this is the eighth King of the Iron Fist Tournament?

Does Anyone Own "All" (Or Nearly All) Of The Mini Consoles (By: @monkeyking1969)

What will we remember 2022 for in terms of gaming?
What will we remember 2022 for in terms of gaming?

How many of you own a mini console or arcade unit? Are there any versions of this concept that you feel are not just a gimmick? Share your recommendations and purchasing advice by clicking the link below!

2022: Year Of The [blank] (By: @bisonhero)

What should 2022 be known for in the realm of gaming? What trends or revivals came to dominate the year by your metrics? Share your thoughts and here's one comment on the thread to get you thinking!

Lists

Top 5 Overrated Games + Melodic Awards: Best of 2010 (By: @melodicvirus)

It's time to get spicy with our lists this week!
It's time to get spicy with our lists this week!

MelodicVirus decided to get "spicy" with their latest list by annotating what they consider to be the most overrated games they have played. If you can think of games where you didn't get the hype, make consider making your own list! MelodicVirus also started a bit of a new list series wherein they go back to a year in gaming and hand out superlative GOTY awards.

The Femboys of Fighting Games (By: @devoureroftime)

The title might catch your attention, but DevourerOfTime provided a deep and thorough examination of the term "femboy" and with this list tries to see which video game characters embody and represent the term in a way to empower people that identify with it.

Wikis

Train Driving Simulation (By: @nes)

Trains are cool, but keep them away from Zelda.
Trains are cool, but keep them away from Zelda.

If you have been enjoying Jeff Grubb and Dan fucking about with truck simulators, might interest you all in checking out Giant Bomb's "Train Driving Simulation" concept page? Thanks to Nes, the page looks at every "flavor" of the train simulation genre and the major train simulation IPs, both new and old.